Last night, I attended a Twitter party hosted by Mamavation, to support family farmers. On January 10th, 2013, they will travel to Washington, DC to participate in a lawsuit appeal to protect farmers from “genetic trespass” by Monsanto’s GMO seeds. Monsanto owns so much acreage (Over 142 million in the US alone as of 2007) that seeds blow onto organic and non-GMO farmers, contaminating their fields and causing them to lose their certification.
What do you need to know?
- GMOs are dangerous, unhealthy, and linked to everything nasty, from cancer to autism. We *try* to avoid them in our house, but it’s extremely difficult.
- During the 2012 Election, a ballot measure was introduced in California requiring mandatory GMO-labeling. Monsanto sank millions of dollars into a campaign filled with questionable and untrue slings against the campaign, an the measure was defeated. That said, millions of Americans, not only in California but across the country, were educated in what a GMO and why it needs to be labelled and fought, thanks to this measure. The loss was about 4%, which means quite a large number of people supported it.
- Not only are farmers suffering unfair and unethical lawsuits (can you actually own a seed? is it life?), you and I, the consumers, who desire clean, nontoxic food for our children, are hurt when farmers can no longer provide it.
Ok, so I collected just about all the resources I could find from last night’s party. Check them out and get involved in your state! Here’s hoping it’s back on the ballot in 2 years, and we have big bucks on our side:
- Monsanto’s Super Weeds & Mutant Bugs Come Back to Haunt Us All
- Invisible genetically mutated ingredients, courtesy the non-GMO shopping guide
- 10 Things Monsanto Does NOT Want You to Know
- Learn about the lawsuit against Monsanto
- Petition to Support the Farmers, courtesy Food Democracy Now!
- GMO Myths & Truths PDF, earthopensource
- The Truth About GMOS, Mother Earth Living
- USDA searchable database of patents on GM crops
- GMO Myths & Truths article, Organic Consumers Association
- Occupy Monsanto
- Controlling Our Food, a documentary on genetically mutated foods
It seems impossible, I know. Just try buying GMO-only foods at stores. But if we don’t fight to protect our food rights, we have no one to blame but ourselves. And change does and CAN happen, even if it takes longer than we’d like.
Stand with the farmers and take back your grocery store today.